Issue 17 of Reading Ireland focuses on a number of contemporary Irish writers living in the U.S., specifically poets Greg Delanty, Eamonn Wall and Sara Berkeley, novelist Colum McCann and playwright Seamus Scanlon. Highlights include a wide-ranging interview with acclaimed Cork born poet Delanty and a detailed essay on McCann’s fiction by Eoin Flannery. Daniel Tobin contributes an essay on Wall’s early poetry along with several of his own poems. Brian McCabe interviews New York based Galway playwright Seamus Scanlon about his celebrated trilogy The McGowen Trilogy. Also included are reviews of Thomas Kinsella’s posthumous collection, Last Poems, by Adrienne Leavy, McCabe’s review of Wall’s latest collection, My Aunts at Twilight Poker, Dermot Bolger’s review of Berkeley’s award winning volume The Last Cold Day (published in the U.S. under the title Some of the Things I’ve Seen), and Jaki McCarrick’s review of In Ordinary Time: Fragments of a Family History, Carmel McCahon’s memoir of her life in New York from 1993-2021. Delanty’s review of Thomas McCarthy’s recent collection Prophesy and poetry by Thomas Dillon Redshaw and David Gardiner round out this issue. We close with Michael Quinn’s obituary for the visionary theatre director Peter Brook.


Reading Ireland is published bi-annually and is available to subscribers at a cost of $40 for four issues. The aim of the magazine is to provide in-depth analysis of Irish Literature, past and present, along with opening a window onto the best of contemporary Irish poetry, prose, drama and culture.

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